The Bastrop Advertiser (Bastrop, Tex.), Vol. 156, No. 43, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 30, 2009 Page: 1 of 15

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Volume 156, Number 43
Texas' Oldest Weekly Newspaper Since March 1, 1853 Semi-Weekly Since Sept. 5, 1977

Squeaky clean
The BISD maintenance staff :,s get-
ting ready for school,
—Page A1 and A12
Come on home
It's time for everyone to come
home, Check out the Homecoming
—Page A3
Saying goodbye is hard to do.
—Page A2
■ On July 23, at about 9:25 a.m.,
Bastrop police were dispatched to
the AT&T store across from Best
Buy in reference to a prior burglary
in which merchandise was taken,
The actors burglarized another
property in order to gain entry to
the AT&T store, the police report
said. Suspects have not yet been
dentified. The case is pending.
■ On July 23, Officer Chris-
topher Chavez was dispatched
to Main Street in regard to a man
wearing a white muscle shirt and
shorts walking down the street
breaking objects, the police report
said. Chavez found the 19-year-
old Bastrop man and asked what
had happened. The man said he
and his girlfriend were looking for
his wallet that he had dropped over
by a business off Pine Street when
they got into an argument, the re-
port said. The man said he was mad
and picked up a small flower pot
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Staff photo by Terry Hagerty
Members of the Bastrop Community Orchestra tune up their instruments for a December slate of performances. The orchestra is seeking new
members. From left are players Loyd Tullos, Luke Heimcamp, orchestra founder Mary Cay Schultz and Jeff Brister,
Musicians wanted
Bastrop Community Orchestra begins second concert season
Staff Writer
It's time to dust off
that old violin and start
testing out the strings.
The Bastrop Com-
munity Orchestra is
starting its second con-
cert season and will
hold its first rehearsal
for the 2009-10 season
(for the Christmas rep-
ertoire) on Tuesday,
Aug. 4 from 7:45-9:15
p.m. at the Lumberyard
Music Hall.
The Lumberyard is
at 1109 Main St. in Bas-
trop, in a brown build-
ing across from the Bas-
trop Post Office.
All orchestral musi-
cians are welcome, age
16-retirement, if you've
still got some chops, but
"rusty" chops are okay,
said Mary Cay Schultz,
the orchestra's founder.
The orchestra will con-
tinue to practice every
Tuesday evening at the
same time.
Interested musi-
cians should just show
up if they want to join
and take part in the
rehearsal, or perhaps
come a bit early to meet
the other musicians
and get their music or-
ganized. There will be
a performance evalu-
ation, but it will not
be like an audition,
Schultz said. These re-
hearsals are also open
to the community for all
who enjoy listening to
orchestral music, but do
not personally play.
"Anyone can come
and listen to these re-
hearsals,^"^Schultz said.
"They may want to
come closer to Decem-
ber though, once we've
gotten more practiced
See MUSIC, page A5
Shiny hallways abound
Assistant Editor
When youth and their
parents are greeted by
shiny floors, sparkling hall-
ways and refreshing AC on
the first day of school, it all
doesn't just happen.
The maintenance crew
for Bastrop ISD has been
hard at work all summer
getting things ready for
the 2 million square feet of
operating space that com-
poses the district, not in-
cluding three new facilities
under construction.
Making sure that
lights are not on the blink,
that toilets flush properly
and classrooms and desks
are ready for the wear and
tear of students, nearly
130 maintenance workers
and managers are on the
Thomas Dowdy, BISD's
director of maintenance,
said maintenance manag-
ers are also a crucial part
of the district's Design
Team for its three newest
construction projects: Ce-
dar Creek High School,
The Jerry Fay Wilhelm
Center for the Performing
Arts and BISD Memorial
The stadium and arts
center are due to open
soon, and CCHS will open
n time for the start of
classes in Fall 2010.
"Our workers are
busy striping and
painting the parking
lots, repairing HVAC
ng), re-roofing porta-
ble buildings, inspect-
ng fire-control systems
and helping with text-
book delivery," Dowdy
said on Tuesday.
See BISD, page A12
Bastrop County may
receive roughly $325,000
for helping the city of
Manor find a solution to
its water needs.
Manor is in a desper-
ate situation, according
to its attorney Barney
"We are in an emer-
gency situation," Knight
Knight came before
the Bastrop County Com-
missioners Court on Mon-
day morning to ask for a
water line easement from
the county. Manor officials
want to someday pump
water from the Simsboro
Aquifer to a city that is
quickly running out of
options, said Joe Cooper,
director of the Lost Pines
Groundwater Conserva-
tion District.
"Manor is doing some
medium range planning
to meet their needs," Coo-
per said.
Cooper said the ease-
ment would allow Manor
to run a 12-inch pipeline
through the county which
would pump 1 million gal-
lons of water per day from
test wells that water mar-
keter Frank Limmer, who
owns End-Op, has drilled
in the Paige and McDade
area. The project probably
won't be in operation for
two to five years, Cooper
"More toward the five
than the two," he said.
Cooper said Limmer
has not received operating
permits yet for the wells.
He speculated that with
the drought, Manor might
be faced with a worsen-
ng situation leading them
to hook up an emergency
connect with a water com-
pany, such as Aqua Water
or Manville Water, or even
to buy water from the city
of Austin.
See WATER, page A5
New priest welcomed
Local Catholic church opens doors, hearts
BY CYNDI WRIGH1 Our Ladv of Guadaluoe growing realitv of
The largest Catholic
church n the county has
welcomed a new leader,
after losing their last one
to cancer in January.
Bastrop's Ascension
Catholic Church, with
its nearly 1,000-family
membership, has opened
their doors and their
hearts to Rev. Ricardo
Gabriel Aguilar. The par-
sh lost longtime priest
Msgr. Edward Dokupil
to pancreatic cancer this
past January.
A native of Browns-
ville, Aguilar comes from
Our Lady of Guadalupe
n Taylor where he spent
the last six years. His
education background
ncludes a B.S. in Edu-
cation from Southwest
Texas State University
in 1984, and a Master of
Divinity degree from Ob-
late School of Theology in
San Antonio in 1995.
He said he was chosen
for the new job because of
his strengths.
"The diocese tries
to match priests with
parishes," he said. "My
strengths lie in my abil-
ity to relate well to both
Anglo-American and His-
panic populations. The
growing reality of this
parish is that it is becom-
ing multi-cultural. I want
to help the parish to grow
as one."
Aguilar said he be-
lieves that God is merci-
ful, and that is one of his
favorite themes.
"It has been my expe-
rience that people need
to be reassured that God
is merciful and uncondi-
tionally loving," he said.
"Whatever wrongdoing
they may have done in
life, God is bigger than
Aguilar, a smiling,
See RELIGION, pageA4
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Rev. Ricardo Aguilar is the new priest at Ascension Catholic Church.

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